2,000 Orang Asli Grads Want Recognition
NST (07 MARCH 2010) By R. Sittamparam
KUALA LUMPUR : The more than 2,000 Orang Asli graduates in the country want the government to recognise them as their community's voice and agents of development.
This was the resounding call at the country's first national Orang Asli convention organised by the Peninsular Malaysia Orang Asli Graduates Association (PSOA) here yesterday. PSOA President Rashid Ka' said 70 per cent of the management and professional staff of the Orang Asli Affairs Department (JHEOA) should comprise Orang Asli.
"The time has come for stronger Orang Asli participation in JHEOA. Top posts in the department can now be filled by Orang Asli to ensure our rights are protected, in line with the 1Malaysia concept," he said at the Convention on Land and Peninsular Malaysia Orang Asli Act. He also expressed the community's wish for Orang Asli representatives in Parliament, cabinet and senate. Rashid said it was crucial that all traditional Orang Asli land in the country be gazetted.